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Arthur Miller's Purpose for Writing The Crucible

- Parallels between Arthur Miller’s play, The Crucible, and his article Why I wrote the Crucible, can easily support Miller’s reasons for writing this classic play. Miller’s purpose in writing both the play and the article was to emphasize the similarities between the 1692 witch hunt and the 1950’s Red Scare. Miller simply wanted to convey the message of fear over reason, express himself in a new language of old English, to warn of mass hysteria, and most importantly compare his life in the 1950’s to the irrational trial in 1692....   [tags: the crucible]

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The Role of Reverend Hale as a Catalyst in The Crucible

- The Salem witch trials of 1692 was an event that shaped the history of this country, as well as the lives of those whose wives and husbands were condemned to death. In order for such an event to occur, there must be a set of people who catalyze the event, and others who speak out against it. In “The Crucible”, certain characters help contribute to the rising hysteria of witchcraft, and others contribute to the disapproval of so many wrongful convictions. Reverend Hale is a character who actually contributes to both sides....   [tags: The Crucible]

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The Role of Vengeance in Arthur Miller's The Crucible

- Throughout the endurance of Arthur Miller's The Crucible, vengeance plays a prominent role in the actions and fates of various characters. In many ways, vengeance fuels the need for retaliation. Disputes among neighbors has bred hatred and then witch trials brought out the vindictiveness of Salem's population. This leads to the deaths of many citizens in Salem by false accusations to the court. Citizens of Salem were utilizing the court system as a means of "extermination" for people who had interests or beliefs, that were contradictory to their own....   [tags: the crucible]

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The Crucible

- Introduction The Crucible – It can withstand extreme conditions. While heating metals in it, the impurities come up to the surface and the pure substance can be obtained. It basically helps in separating pure and impure substances. Link – In Miller’s play, the character of John Proctor is tested. Eventually he decides to sacrifice his life, rather than betray his beliefs. In 1953, at the time the book was written, the Second World War had just ended but still there was a clash of democrats ands communists....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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Examples of Crucibles in Aurthur Miller's "The Crucible"

- A Crucible is a container that can withstand great amount of heat, such as one required for refining gold. It can also mean a severe trial. In the play “The Crucible” by Arthur Miller, severe trails occur throughout the play, not just in the courtroom but also in people’s homes and souls. I believe Arthur Miller named his play “The Crucible” because it shows the trials and hardships people face within themselves, the courtroom and Puritan society. An example of a Crucible is a trial or battle someone faces; it could be within themselves or with others....   [tags: Aurthur Miller, Crucible, titles,]

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Vengeance in the Crucible

- Vengeance is the act of taking revenge for a past wrong. In the Crucible, Thomas Putnam and Abigail Williams both took advantage of circumstances to carry out vengeance against different people. For the case of Abigail Williams, she made use of the paranoia of the witchcraft trials to her advantage to carry out personal vengeance against Elizabeth Proctor. Firstly, she amplifies the townsfolk’s’ fear of the supernatural by pretending she was being attacked by witches. By pretending she was being attacked by an invisible bird sent out by Mary Warren (“why do you come, yellow bird?”) and accusing countless people of witchcraft, Abigail sows discord and fear amongst the staunch Puritian village...   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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Analysis Of ' The Crucible '

- ... Because I am not worth the dust on the feet of them that hang. How may I live without my name. I have given you my soul; leave me my name!” (211; Act Four; lines 725-729). Here, John demonstrates the importance of maintaining his reputation as an honorable man. He prefers to be hanged for being honest than to survive as a result of dishonesty. Ultimately, John’s motivation is not to save his own life, but rather the lives of those he loves. Overall, motivation can be attributed to either one’s selfish reasons or the greater good of others, and can alter the behavior of the character....   [tags: The Crucible, Salem witch trials, Behavior]

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Conflicts in "The Crucible"

- In Salem, during the times of the Salem witch trials, the church and the people were very close. This is what led to the hysteria and chaos which was the Salem witch trials. It also led to many conflicts between the characters in this book, because anyone who was against the church was considered a criminal. Some of these conflicts were between; Abigail and the other children, Danforth and the town folk, and John Proctor with himself and his wife. Abigail consistently intimidated the village girls....   [tags: Conflict, Crucible, Aurthur Miller,]

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Themes of Pride and Integrity in The Crucible

- The Crucible was not widely accepted when it was originally released. The literature was Arthur Miller's response to McCarthyism and the Red Scare. During the play Abigail Williams accuses most of Salem of being a witch. This leads to mass hysteria within the town. Which in turn leads to Reverend Parris bringing Reverend John Hale to Salem. Hale is there to sort out and get rid of any presence of the Devil. There is a multitude of themes in The Crucible by Arthur Miller. These range any where from guilt and revenge to authority and integrity....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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The Absence of Humanity in The Crucible and Macbeth

- The urge to be seen as perfect is a desire commonly found among humans. However, even some animals are not immune to such desires. A bird trying to attract the best mate in the forest by creating a perfect nest will fight to the death for a twig that it believes will make its nest excel beyond the rest. The bird will even go so far as to break the incubating eggs in a nest if it contains an item that the bird wants as its own. Similarly in humans, there are characters that strive for perfection so much so that they begin to weigh ideology above humanity....   [tags: Macbeth, The Crucible]

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The Crucible and the West Memphis Three

- Revenge, the abuse of authority and the desire for power are all present in both Arthur Miller’s play The Crucible and the case regarding the West Memphis Three. To understand the connection you need to know something about the case. Three young boys were murdered on May 5, 1993 (Leveritt 5). They were stripped of their clothing, their hands were bound and they were forced underwater in the nearby creek where they stayed until they were found the next day. Little evidence was collected the day of their discovery, what was recovered was mislabeled and handled incorrectly....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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The Actions of Judge Danforth in The Crucible

- In any community, the people rely on the power of law and justice to protect them. When the guardians of the law and order misuse their power it brings tragedy upon the town. In Arthur Miller’s The Crucible the inappropriate actions of the character of Judge Danforth, the voice of authority of the community leads to the tragedy of social disruption of the town accompanied by breakdown in communal solidarity. Firstly, throughout the play Judge Danforth acts with pride and arrogance. At the commencement of act III Judge Danforth voices his view on the ongoing phase of the witchcraft trials by stating that “Do you take it upon yourself to determine what this court shall believe and what it sha...   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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Unjustness in The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- In The Crucible by Arthur Miller, unjustness is displayed constantly throughout the play, when innocent men and women are accused of witchcraft in the town of Salem during the 1690's. Chaos and havoc erupt in this small town during the times of the trials, causing many prominent men and women to be wrongly accused of practicing witchcraft. In particular, John Procter, a well respected leader in the town of Salem, soon becomes entangled in the Salem witch trials, when his wife Elizabeth and many other women of the town are accused of witchcraft by Abigail Williams, his former mistress....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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Power in Salem and The Crucible

- “He who has great power should use it lightly.” - Lucius Annaeus Seneca. Power in Salem grew in 1962 at the start of the Salem Witch trials. Two people started to abuse there power. One, Ms. Abigail Williams. Two, Ms. Mary Warren. Three, Deputy Governor Danforth. Why do they abuses there power in the court. The power that Abigail Williams has on the town, maybe fatal. Abigail plays a very important role in the crucible. In fact it is likely with out her it would not exist....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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Abigail Williams of The Crucible

- Abigail Williams is manipulative and wants everything to go her way. She is the main character and causes trouble everywhere she goes. The Salem Witch Trials is about hearings and prosecutions of people who were accused of witchcraft. In The Crucible Abigail is a no good villain. Abigail first commits adultery with Elizabeth’s husband. Later on Abigail begins to accuse innocent people of doing witchcraft which causes them to die. Abigail Williams uses the Salem Witch Trials to put out all the resentment she has toward everyone....   [tags: The Crucible Essays]

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The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- Circumstances brought upon a person can change them greatly. The Crucible is in part based on McCarthyism in the 1950’s which was similar to the Salem Witch trials. Reverend Hale undergoes an immense change as he starts finding out the lies going on in Salem. Slowly, he adjusts from being confident to doubtful. Hale having such a great change in opinion demonstrates the true dysfunction and chaos of Salem. In “The Crucible” by Arthur Miller, the changes Hale experiences are proven by the things he says, the things he does, and others opinion of him....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- When asked about The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller, critic Harold Clurman claims that the play is “chiefly a study in mass hysteria in which superstition conspires with self-interest to incite a society to destructiveness” (handout). This quote accurately portrays the message of revenge and greed serving as common characteristics in times of uncertainty that echoes throughout the play, clearly exemplified through Mr. Putnam, Reverend Parris, and Abigail Williams. During this time, land lust and revenge were common incentives to accuse a person of being a witch, and these three characters clearly exemplify these common reasons....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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The Crucible: Reverend Hale's Metamorphosis

- All of a sudden there was a witch outbreak in Salem Massachusetts. The following day the girls were found in bed inert. The doctor attempted to figure out the sickness the girls could have. However, he could not give the sickness any name. Then Reverend Hale was called in to help the town cure its unnatural problem. Throughout the play Reverend Hale contributed to both sides of the arguments. At the beginning he believed the court was doing God’s job. Towards the end his character changes and is less in favor of the court and more in favor for the people being wrongly accused....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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The Crucible Critical Review

- The Crucible is a famous play written by Arthur Miller in the Early 1950’s. It was written during the “Red scare, when McCarthyism was established. Many anti-communists wanted to prevent communism from spreading just like in The Crucible many wanted to get rid of witchcraft. Many would accuse others of witchcraft in order to not be accused just like many would accuse people of communism. In The Crucible witchcraft would be punishable by death. Many were scared to be accused; therefore many would admit practicing witchcraft in order to save their lives....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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The Crucible: An Allegory for the McCarthy Era

- The Crucible was written as an allegory for the McCarthy era in 1953 by Arthur Miller; an American playwright. The McCarthy era was epitomized by the fear of Communism that Senator McCarthy whipped up. He fostered a witch hunt against anyone who disagreed with his views. Miller’s intention was that the play would be a parody of his own context (himself) with John Proctor quite evidently being a reflection of Miller. The witches in the play symbolized communism. A ‘Crucible’ can mean both; "a container for melting or purifying metals by heat" and "a severe test." Miller describes the village of Salem as ‘the container’ and its contents; the God-fearing residents of Salem along with their emot...   [tags: McCarthy, crucible, authur miller,]

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Life in Puritan Times as Shown in "The Crucible"

- Imagine living a life full of hypocrites, but those same people are supposedly Godly Christians. Living in the Puritan times was not always easy. These people were Christians that were punished for making a single mistake, only to be humiliated when a wrongdoing occurred. In the spring of 1692, witchcraft hysteria swept the entire town of Salem, Massachusetts. This caused twenty people to be executed and 150 others were placed into jail. An estimated one to nine million Europeans were accused of being witches....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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Abigail Williams in The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- Analyse the ways in which Miller presents the character of Abigail Williams. During this essay I will introduce the main points involved in answering the proposed question. I will explore the certain aspects of Abigail’s personality and how it is an important role in portraying her reasons for her actions. I will also analyse the ways in which Abigail’s personality changes through the progression of the play. I will sum up which points have a bigger effect on her intentions and motivations and the effect she has on the characters of the play....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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Puritan Society in The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- The play The Crucible is set in a puritan society; a society which is a theocracy, where priests and church figures have all the power. Abagail; a servant girl becomes the antagonist of the story. Abigail’s character is the victim of the Puritan society in which she rebels. Abigail’s character is one of extreme manipulation; however it does not start out like this. In the beginning Abagail is an unwedded “orphan” (1.8) who lives with her uncle. This means she is only a little higher than being deemed a slave....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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Abigail Williams in The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- Arthur Miller's play, The Crucible, is about the persecution of people falsely accused of being witches or believing in witches in Salem. Many people die in the village after a series of lies and unjust practices. Abigail Williams, after having had an affair with Proctor, begins this cycle of lies to make her feel more important in Salem. Her character includes both superiority and resentment throughout the play so far and the way she does it shows that she is rebelling against the compressed society....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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Going to Extreme Lengths in "The Crucible"

- Have you ever been overwhelmingly passionate about something that you would do anything it took to accomplish it. Sometimes people go to extreme lengths to get what they want. The Crucible is a play that shows us that trait. In The Crucible by Arthur Miller, Abigail Williams does just that. Abigail William's desire for John Proctor creates her dishonest and manipulative actions that affect the whole village. Abigail loves John Proctor even though he is already married and has a strong desire for him....   [tags: Crucible, Aurthur Miller, ]

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Fear in Salem, Massachusetts and "The Crucible"

- What do you fear in our twenty-first century society. Terrorism, inequality, losing your home, or injustice. Salem, Massachusetts during the seventeenth century feared injustices among the government. Individuals hid and lied to keep safe from being condemned as witches. This era of history is known as the Salem Witch Trials. Arthur Miller’s The Crucible explores the Salem Witch Trials while following the lives of several individuals. The fear and mistrust among the seventeenth century Salem society can be directly related to today’s twenty-first century society....   [tags: Salem Witch Trials, Crucible, ]

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Aurthur Miller's "The Crucible" and McCarthyism

- The message in which Miller writes teaches teenagers about what life was like in the centuries before their time, and what some of the themes in those times were; which are also parallel to what happened during Miller’s lifetime, in the era of McCarthyism, as it does in today’s social and political problems. All three of these eras have intolerance, hysteria, reputation, and empowerment woven throughout them. This is one of the reasons they are connected to each other. Teenagers learn many different things from The Crucible’s message, including the Puritans’ intolerance to anybody who did not follow their religion to a tee, or anybody who they considered “different” from themselves....   [tags: Aurthur Miller, Crucible, McCarthyism,]

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Analysis Of The Movie ' The Crucible '

- Filled with lust, greed, and corruption, the 1996 film The Crucible, synchronizes the soundtrack with the actions and images displayed on screen in an unusual, yet effective manner. The film’s plot dictates the antagonist, Abigail Williams, as a villainous manipulator and the protagonist, John Proctor, as a heroic honest man; however, the score depicts a paradoxical story because through the use of Abigail’s leitmotif, the audience conforms to a sympathetic and pitiful attitude towards Williams....   [tags: Music, Musical instrument, The Crucible]

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Elizabeth's Spiritual Growth in "The Crucible"

- The Crucible tells of a town’s obsession of accusing innocent people of withcraft. One character that stands out and makes a spiritual growth is Elizabeth Proctor. Elizabeth allows her frustrations of her depression to overcome her religious beliefs which separates herself from God and her marriage. She grows spiritually and begins to understand the things going on around her which was the strength she needed in the beginning. At the start of the play, Elizabeth is heartbroken her husband, John Proctor, has committed adultery seven months ago with Abagail Williams....   [tags: Crucible, Aurthur Miller, spirituality,]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- ... (60) If the people don’t confess to being a witch then they are hanged. Now that the trials are starting to begin more and more people are going to be accused of witchcraft and sent to unfair trials all for a sense of false justice. The people in charge of the colony have the job of keeping everyone safe and when people start crying witch they investigate these accusations. Edmund Morgan comments that, “Once the witch trials began, the officers of government felt an obligation to follow every hint and accusation in order to ferret out the crimes that might be responsible for bringing the wrath of God on the colony,” (51)....   [tags: The Crucible, Salem witch trials]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- ... Abigail, Tituba, and Mary Warren do the same act when it come to their accusations of witchcraft against the towns members. Almost all of the commotion resulting in hysteria, is centered on Abigail. In The Crucible, Abigail is seen as conniving and deceptive teenager during that time period “seventeen with a remarkable capacity for dissembling” (WilliamsCollege). The allegations of witchcraft and falsies concerning Satan in Salem, began when the three girls were seen dancing in the forest one night....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- ... However, in one of the first exchanges with the other girls, she displays a significant aspect to her characterization. Abigail is staying with her uncle, Reverend Parris, because of her parents ' death. It is clear that this was a very violent episode in her life. When she has to wrangle the will of the other girls and stop them from confessing, Abigail threatens them with physical harm: "And you know I can do it; I saw Indians smash my dear parents’ heads on the pillow next to mine, and I have seen some reddish work done at night, and I can make you wish you had never seen the sun go down!" Abigail experiences the psychological effects of violence....   [tags: The Crucible, Salem witch trials]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- Throughout The Crucible, author Arthur Miller uses dramatic conflict, metaphor, imagery, descriptive staging instructions, biblical allusion and a variety of other representational techniques to illuminate and develop the issues surrounding people and politics throughout the play. Such issues include the characterisation and portrayal of those in power; the driving motivations of a range of characters; the means through which characters achieve and maintain power; and how the role of power differences in relationships between characters....   [tags: The Crucible, Elizabeth Proctor]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- The Crucible, a play written by Arthur Miller based off the Salem Witch Trials, takes place in Salem, Massachusetts, 1692. During this time period, women weren’t as significant as men. Men held the authority and worked while women were to work in the home as servants. Beginning with the protagonist, Abigail Williams goes to Tituba, a slave, to get revenge on John Proctor. Abigail and Proctor had an affair, committing adultery due to the fact that Proctor is married to Elizabeth Proctor, which is against the Puritan beliefs....   [tags: The Crucible, Salem witch trials]

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Mccarthyism And The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- Niam Mohseni Ms. Sussman English 2 October 26, 2014 McCarthyism and The Crucible Events have played out in history that made people realize the inhumane acts of people and the Salem witch trials and the McCarthy era were two of them. The Salem witch trials in 1692 were almost 260 years before the McCarthy “witch hunts” in the 1950s yet there are similarities between them. The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller in 1953, is about the Salem witch trials and is an allegory to the practicing of McCarthyism during the Second Red Scare in the United States, which Miller was a victim of....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, McCarthyism]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- In The Crucible by Arthur Miller, John Proctor plays a very significant and crucial role in many ways. John, being a man 33 years old, was a farmer who had married to Elizabeth and after their third baby, had an affair with Abigail after she was hired as a housemaid. Throughout the story, John showed dramatic emotional and personal courage, uses irony, imagery, foreshadowing and symbolism to show his sins, guilt, confrontation, love and adherence. Proctor shows hatred for hypocrites, especially Reverend Parris, and after committing adultery; he becomes one of his own....   [tags: The Crucible, Salem witch trials]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- At the beginning of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, Reverend John Hale is introduced as an intellectual who is extremely learned in the subject of witchcraft, having had an experience with a witch not long before he was contacted by Reverend Parris of Salem. Due to Reverend Hale’s “experience” with a witch, he is extremely confident in his abilities, as exemplified by the quote “they must be; they are weighted with authority” in which Hale was talking about his books, .This is also shown by his actions when he assesses Betty Parris as she lie in bed sick....   [tags: The Crucible, Salem witch trials]

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Proctor's Character in “The Crucible”

- John Proctor is portrait in “The Crucible” as a man of word, a man who is at most times honest. Throughout his whole life, Proctor took care of maintaining his name and his wife’s name clean. It is said in the book how Proctor took care of farming and had a really special caring for his wife. Even though it is arguable and true that he was not faithful at all times to Elizabeth it is insane to say he did not care for her. As an example, when she was condemned he did what was possible in order to save her life....   [tags: crucible, aurthur miller, characters,]

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The Crucible

- Long Essay - The Crucible q How is language used in The Crucible to express the emotional intensity if characters in conflict with each other and/or society and to convey the abstract ideas that emerge through that conflict. The Crucible is a play written by Arthur Miller in 1953. It is a prime example of dramatic theatre using powerful language to express emotional intensity of the characters in conflict with each other and their society. The language used also helps to convey the abstract ideas that emerge through that conflict by providing insights into the characters’ personality and values through their dialogue....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- The play, The Crucible by Arthur Miller, took place in Salem, Massachusetts during 1692. The people of Salem were known as Puritans, which were people who followed God, the commandments, and were required to read the Bible in their spare time. Elizabeth Proctor was known as a “good” Puritan woman, while Abigail Williams was known as what a Puritan should not be. Elizabeth and Abigail were known in the Salem community for their attitude, personality, and their actions. Elizabeth had a good personality and an even better attitude....   [tags: Crucible, Arthur Miller, ]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- The Crucible written by Arthur Miller is about The Witch Trials in Salem, Massachusetts in the 1600’s. The town was placed in hysteria by some of the town girls such as, Abigail, Tituba, and Mary Warren. Certain events in the story led to the widespread of hysteria amongst the town. First, when Abigail pointed her finger to blame Tituba. Second, names of people were mentioned and other events made the town think that the Devil was taking over. In the beginning of the story some of the town girls quietly left out of their house and ran into the woods without anyone noticing them....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- ... Abigail 's threat of murdering the girls directs Mary’s fear towards Abigail, causing the fear of being hung to fade away. If Mary speaks of what happened any differently than how Abigail says it happened, she fears Abigail will come and kill her, thus causing Mary to be egocentric and fail to consider what was to come for the whole town. Even though Mary is terrified of Abby, she tries one more time to do the right thing by saying “with hysterical fright” that “it’s a sin to conjure and we-” before Abigail cuts her off by “starting for Mary” and saying, “I say shut it Mary Warren!” (Miller 19)....   [tags: The Crucible, Salem witch trials]

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Mccarthyism : The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- “No-no. There be no unnatural case here.” (Parris, The Crucible Act 1 Line 34) The Crucible is a play written by Arthur Miller about the Salem Witch Trials. Miller wrote this play as a critique of McCarthyism, but distanced it by using the Salem Witch Trials as the setting. McCarthyism is the practice of making accusations of treason without proper evidence. Using the Trials as the setting has strong suits, such as allowing him to compare McCarthyism indirectly and the events related strongly with society, and weaknesses, including the time period being so long-standing that it is not a modern example in their era and the idea of witches is farfetched compared to Communism....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, McCarthyism]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- ... When Elizabeth Proctor urges John to reveal Abigail’s motives to the court, he replies several times, “I will think on it” (Miller, The Crucible 53). With Abigail’s persistence to accuse Elizabeth and to take her place as Proctor’s wife, Proctor could only stop the trials by confessing his adultery and publicly revealing Abigail’s ulterior motives behind her accusations. However, Proctor’s fear of tarnishing his reputation withheld his confession, and his silence gave time for many respectable people to be accused within the courts....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Witchcraft]

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‘The Crucible’ as an Allegory for McCarthyism

- ‘The Crucible’ is an allegory. An allegory is a story with an obvious meaning but if you look deeper into it, there is another meaning. In this case, the obvious meaning is the Salem witch-hunt and the hidden meaning is McCarthyism. McCarthyism started in the early 1950’s and it was governmental accusations with no evidence. Joseph McCarthy started doing trials on those he thought were communist, but he had no evidence for it. This is the same as the witch trials in The Crucible. Arthur Miller wrote this in response to McCarthyism....   [tags: allegories, Crucible, authur miller, McCarthyism,,]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- Miller’s Message There are many occurrences in history in which North America has shamed itself. These are the events that tend to be skimmed over during history class and are commonly ignored. However, these events are disputed and protested in the form of literature. A good example of this is Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, a play which indirectly conveys Miller’s opinion of the communist trials that took place as he wrote the play. The Crucible describes the Salem Witch Trials that took place in the 1600’s, Miller uses this past event in American history and compares it to McCarthyism....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, McCarthyism]

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The Crucible Play Analysis

- Arthur Miller's title for 'The Crucible' could be argued to be derived from from the name of a small piece of chemistry equipment used to melt and combine substances, a place or situation in which different elements interact to produce something new, but especially a place or occasion of severe test or trial. The play is seen as a metaphor for the Salem community which was made up of many different, conflicting events. The events which transpire cause and allow many of the characters in this enclosed space to change....   [tags: arthur miller, the crucible, Salem]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- ... Abigail Williams, a main character in The Crucible, is to blame for the series of events that took place because of her extreme measures, lies, and jealousy. As stated before, Abigail Williams is to blame for the events in The Crucible. John Proctor, another main character, had an affair with Abigail. This was just the beginning of the tragedy. Both characters were wrong, but it was Abigail’s actions that made her guilty. Abigail says, "John-I am waitin ' for you every night" (1099). Abigail is in love with John Proctor, but there’s one problem that interferes with them having a relationship together....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Salem]

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Analysis Of The Movie ' The Crucible '

- For this assignment I chose three movies about witches because it was the topic I found most interesting from this class. The first movie was Black Sunday (Mask of Satan), directed by Mario Bava, the second was Warlock, directed by Steve Miner, and last was The Crucible, directed by Nicholas Hytner, based on the play by Arthur Miller. Witchcraft was once and still can be a very controversial topic, as it challenges other’s religions and beliefs and is against Christianity. Each movie was based on the witch and took place in the 17th century....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, The Crucible]

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Analysis Of Miller 's ' The Crucible '

- In The Crucible, by Authur Miller, he was successful in fulfilling his purpose of the theme, truth versus faith. As known before, Miller wrote this play in relations to the Salem Witch Trials, and also, McCarthyism - two both very similar topics. Not to mention, both topics share a repeated theme of truth versus faith. Miller had a story to tell, along with the opinions of his own (indirectly, of course), and the only way he knew how to relate it to what was happening then, was to take something from the past....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Witchcraft]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- ... Fear swallows the logic of the people of Salem. A common example of hysteria due to manipulation in modern society is the fear we possess in relation to terrorists – irrationally accusing all Muslims’ or anyone from an Islamic ethnicity as being terrorists, because of the way media portrays them to us. Jealousy leading to revenge is another theme dominant in the play. Many townspeople thought the witch trials was a good opportunity to let out any old grudges as anyone could be blamed without strong evidence....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Witchcraft]

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Analysis of The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- In the play The Crucible, Arthur Miller shows how a repressed Puritan town in 1692 can be turned upside down when the threat of witchcraft is taken seriously. The Puritans believe the forest is where the Devil lurks, and they are fearful of the Devil. So when Parris, the town of Salem’s Reverend, catches a group of girls dancing and magic spirits in the forest, the town suspects that some sort of witchcraft is being practiced. The girls deny this accusation initially and Abigail, Reverend Parris’s niece, blames Tituba, a slave from Barbados....   [tags: crucible, arthur miller, puritans, witchcraft]

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The Crucible, Mccarthyism And The Red Scare

- ... […] Peace. It is providence, and no great change; we are only what we always were, but naked now” (Miller 76). Proctor further promotes his altruism when he displays great courage in debating with the judges of the court. Judge Danforth tries to provoke Proctor to back down from his case, “You say your only purpose is to save your wife. Good, then, she is saved at least this year, and a year is long. What say you, sir. It is done. Will you drop this charge?” However Proctor does not easily back down, “I—I think I cannot” (Miller 85), illustrating how he would selflessly risk his life for others....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Witchcraft]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- ... Miller touched on the subject of racism and related it the present time by his characterization of the woman, Tituba. Historically, Tituba was a native woman; however, in the story she was portrayed as a black woman. Tituba was a servant of Reverend Parris and one of the first to be accused of witchcraft. She was an easy target because she was a minority and did not have a lot. Her different culture made her stick out which caused people to surmise that she was witch. Abigail whined, "I could hear her singing her Barbados songs and tempting me..." Tituba 's language was different, which made it seem evil to the sheltered community....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Witchcraft]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- The Crucible by Arthur Miller is a masterpiece of its time, not only because of its compelling ideas and relative historical accuracy, but also because of its uncanny ability to draw its readers and viewers to the edge of their seats… and further. Written to point out the evil and perversion embodied in the McCarthy trials of his time, Arthur Miller uses the Salem Witch Trials as a powerful parallel. The Salem Witch Trials occurred in Salem Massachusetts, from 1692 to 1693, in the course of which over 200 people were falsely convicted of witchcraft, and 20 were hanged for refusing to “confess.” It was a grim time ruled by hysteria, as fear became the driving force of the leadership and led...   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Salem]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- ... Early on, Abigail’s opposition to Puritan fundamentals is revealed through a short lived affair with a married man, John Proctor. She continuously “imagines herself in the arms of Proctor” (Bigsby) and “had felt him 'burning ' in his loneliness’” (Bigsby), a frame of mind which is still intact when she accuses Proctor of loving her. The affair is, henceforth, the cause of the witchery in the forest. Going against every Puritan moral for the sake of love, Abigail drinks blood in order to kill Proctor’s wife, Elizabeth Proctor....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Puritan, The Crucible]

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The Crucible By Nicholas Hytner

- ... These ideas were in stark contradiction to the single-minded Puritans of Massachusetts, and one can easily see how this may have brought chaos to Salam. Those who were accused of witchcraft were often times these refugees, and they were seen been working against the town. The strains outlined above were furthered by the induction of Reverend Samuel Parris. Parris was Salem 's first ordained minister, and he used firm leadership to make monetary gains. This was depicted in the film The Crucible when John Proctor is asked why he doesn 't attend church often....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Witchcraft]

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The Crucible By John Proctor

- Choose three of the characters in the crucible and show how Miller presents the motivations for their actions. Think about: Reputation- is this a motivating factor for any of the characters Power – Which characters are motivated by power Witchcraft – how are the accusations used. Who benefits. How. The individual and the society – how might the particular community situation in Salem be a motivating factor for some characters. 800 – 1250 words In the crucible characters are motivated by various themes such as, reputation, power, witchcraft and society....   [tags: The Crucible, Salem witch trials, Witchcraft]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- ... People took advantage of the fear that was running around, and Arthur Miller tries to utilize that fear in The Crucible to show what was happening to America. Many people were accused of being a communist by Joseph McCarthy, the mastermind behind the whole ordeal. When the accused went to trial, they were either put in prison, lost their jobs, or were denied work. The House Un-American Activities Committee is the main group that put the accused on trial. In fact, The HUAC suspected Arthur Miller of being a communist after he published The Crucible....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, McCarthyism]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- ... This was combined with the facts that the Puritan community in the Salem Village included after-effects of a British and French war in 1689 in the American colonies, along with a smallpox epidemic breaking out and fears of attacks from the neighboring Native American tribes. However, perhaps an even bigger cause was that the Salem Town had a rivalry with the Salem Village. This caused a massive fear amongst the Salem Village and ultimately made them have no trust in anyone, including their neighbors, which in the end made them turn against each other....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Salem]

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The Characters in The Crucible

- The Characters in The Crucible The Crucible was a story with a wide range of caractors. Not only appearance wise but, with different personalities a together. Many caracteurs in this play thought differently from one and other. That is why this book had a few "twists and turns" to the story. In my profiles, I will display many different caracteurs and theirs' different mentality. First I will start with Mr. John Proctor, a.k.a. "shoulder checker". John Proctor had always things on his mind. People were always on his mind....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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The Characters of The Crucible

- The Characters of The Crucible The Crucible was a story with a wide range of characters. Not only appearance wise but, with different personalities a together. Many characters in this play thought differently from one and other. That is why this book had a few "twists and turns" to the story. In my profiles, I will display many different characters and theirs" different mentality. First I will start with Mr. John Proctor, a.k.a. "shoulder checker". John Proctor had always things on his mind. People were always on his mind....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- The Crucible by Arthur Miller is an allegory written about the Salem witch trials that took place in Salem, Massachusetts during 1692 and 1693. The play includes a number of characters, both those who fully conform to the trials and their consequences, and those who do not conform and decide to fight it. Naturally, all stories have characters that are doubtful of which side to pick. They play along with it, not wanting to take a stand, but in their minds they are not entirely sure whether or not what they’re doing is correct....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Witchcraft]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- The Crucible was written by Arthur Miller in 1952 and has remained such a renowned play in American literature because the play pays close attention to the importance of reputation, which continues to be as much of a priority in 1692 as in modern times. The play opens with girls getting caught dancing in the woods by Rev. Parris, which escalates to the assumption of them practicing witchcraft. The girls, lead by Abigail Williams, pledge their love for God and undertake the responsibility of accusing whoever they please of witchcraft, usually under false assumptions....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Puritan]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, is set in the Puritan theocracy of Salem, Massachusetts in the late 1600’s. The dominant ideology of the time considers the Puritans to be the chosen people, and it assumes that the devil is always lurking to destroy the society. The Puritan values are centered around a commitment to hard work, an attempt to live a modest lifestyle, and a focus on Christian doctrine, including strict adherence to the Ten Commandments. Puritans believe that God is the ultimate judge, and they understand that each individual is accountable to Him for devious behavior....   [tags: The Crucible, Salem witch trials, Marriage]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, was not highly accepted at the time of it’s release, in 1952. The book itself is an allegory and was not intended to teach and inform about the Salem witch trials. It is, in fact, about Mccarthy and the people during this time, but to keep it hidden, he used the comparison of the two events. Hysteria, power and greed are what drove the people of Salem to false accusations of the innocent puritan people. People like Abigail, Putnam and Danforth blew the accusations out of the water with the power that was given to them by the provence....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Witchcraft]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miler

- The Salem, Massachusetts Witch Trials exposed the early court systems, proving them to be unjust and corrupt. The Crucible, written by Arthur Miler is a historical rendition of the Salem witch trials in the Puritan colony of Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. As the play progresses Miler depicts how the trials infringe the morals and values of the Puritans, which promoted loyalty to the lord, communal interaction, and an oppressive code of conduct that frowned upon any unusual or rebellious behavior....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Witchcraft]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- Every event in history can be attributed to a collective of emotions. In 1692, in Salem, Massachusetts, a group of girls claimed to have seen other villagers working for the devil and began accusing people of practicing witchcraft. This soon created a sense of mass hysteria throughout the town that resulted in the death of twenty people and the imprisonment of over two hundred. We now refer to these events as the Salem witch trials. In the 1950’s, Senator Joseph McCarthy conducted similar trials accusing people in prominent positions of being Communists....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Witchcraft]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- ... God will not let you wash your hands of this!” (Miller 82). This allusion voices Hales blame for the accusations and executions of many people in Salem. My scene entitled “Innocence Liberated” continues after Act IV of The Crucible. Months after John Proctors death, the Government realizes their mistake in condemning innocent people in Salem of witchcraft. Danforth, Hale, and Herrick meet Elizabeth at her cell to release her. I attempt to replicate Miller’s style by formatting my introduction the same he formats his....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Witchcraft]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- ... Danforth ends up wrongly accusing many of witchcraft to save his honor. The judge says to another character, “But you must understand, sir, that a person is either with this court or he must be counted against it, there be no road between. This is a sharp time, now, a precise time - we live no longer in the dusky afternoon when evil mixed itself with good and befuddled the world. Now, by God’s grace, the shining sun is up, and them that fear not light will surely praise it” (Miller 1253). Maintaining order in the court and maintaining his diligence appeared more important to Deputy Governor Danforth than letting virtuous people die....   [tags: The Crucible, Salem witch trials, Virtue]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- ... To begin with, Miller uses allegory to reveal his opinion of McCarthyism and the Red Scare in the United States. The use of allegory is between the Salem Witch Trials and the McCarthyism occurring in the United States. The use of this literary technique not only served as a tool to create depth in the morality play, but also to diffuse his opinion in a subtle way. Miller’s political view is evident through John Proctor’s actions and beliefs. In disagreement to the limitations of the Puritanical society, John Proctor chose to die than to follow a society he does not believe in....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Witchcraft]

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Tragic Factors for John Procter in Aurthur Miller's "The Crucible"

- Aristotle who was the Greek Philosopher once stated on tragic hero. He stated that “The change in the hero's fortunes be not from misery to happiness, but on the contrary, from happiness to misery, and the cause of it must not lie in any depravity but in some great error on his part." John Procter, one of the main characters in the play, is the one example of the tragic hero. Unlike what Aristotle stated, he was not a high classman. Instead, he was a diligent farmer who loved his wife and his children....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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Building Tension in Act 2 of Miller's The Crucible

- The meaning of crucible is to ‘purify something by heat or pressure’. This is a reference to hell and the heat that it contains, as well as the pressure there is about not going there or being sent there for your sins. There are many characters within the play which could be ‘purified’, one of them being John Proctor. This is the play’s main character and plays the part of the tragic hero within it. He is fundamentally a good man, but he has committed lechery so has this on his conscience for much of his life....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- The desire for power and authority has always been a part of the human nature. Today’s society most often use power to dominate one another and fulfill one’s personal intentions, which can affect other people in many ways. Having power and authority is truly gratifying but it is terrifying if abused and used for selfish acts. The play, The Crucible, by Arthur Miller is an example to illustrate the consequences of abuse of power. The characters Abigail Williams, Deputy Governor Danforth and Reverend Parris use their power over society by manipulating people and using their authority to fulfill their personal intentions, like material gain, vengeance, maintaining social status and reputation,...   [tags: The Crucible, Salem witch trials, Puritan]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- ... He makes Mary Warren sign a deposition and informs the court of their true motives of accusing others. On the other hand, Reverend Hale realizes the truth of the accusations only over time. Initially, he believes the girls and their claims of witchcraft against others. However, after hearing all the illogical proceedings and accusations of the court, he comes to realize that there are no witches in Salem, simply corruption. By Act Three, he increasingly believes that the girls are lying. While Mary Warren gives her testimony to prove that Abby and the girls are lying, Mary is often interrupted and condoned by the judges....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Witchcraft]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- ... The way Elizabeth is brought into this is because she was asked my Judge Danforth if her husband cheated on her. She has never told a lie in her life and she says, “My Husband is a good man sire” (Miller). She lied to the judge to protect her husband, which is ironic because she ended up hurting him in the end and getting him hung. This was supposedly her first time ever telling a lie. In her efforts to lie and protect her husband it ends up getting him killed. This all shows how unresolved conflicts between people even a married couple can have tragic events, because she tries to help her husband by lying but will end up getting him killed because she lied and he told the truth....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Marriage]

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The Crucible By William Shakespeare

- ... In the process, Abigail is the one solely responsible for the tragedy in Salem. During the time Abigail was the Proctor 's family servant, she had an affair with John Proctor. She was dismissed once the affair was found out. Once she was fired, she was adamant that she was to spend the rest of her life with John Proctor, though John only had the affair because it was a point of weakness, as he was having marital problems (quote). Abigail took advantage of the fact that Elizabeth is frigid, and thought that she would be able to be a better wife to him....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Witchcraft]

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The Crucible By John Hale

- ... This statement reveals some of Reverend Hale’s ego. He believes that the written word, whether it is in books, or written as the law, has an authoritative voice in society. He is very prideful of the fact that he is the one that bears this knowledge. It is what gives Reverend Hale his authority and respect. Without his books, Reverend Hale would be no better than the others, just a man with an opinion. “Now let me instruct you. We cannot look to superstition in this. The Devil is precise . ....   [tags: The Crucible, Salem witch trials, Witchcraft]

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Human Nature Illustrated in Arthur Miller's The Crucible

- Arthur Miller’s play, The Crucible, focuses on the inconsistencies and injustice of the 1692 witch trials of Salem, Massachusetts. The restrictive Puritan society of Salem in the 17th century was based upon religious intolerance, where faith was demonstrated through physical labour and by strict adherence to religious doctrine. Material, physical and sexual desires were considered the Devil’s work and a threat to the very fabric of society. In summary, it is said that Puritanism discouraged individualism on all levels....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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The Moral Implications Displayed Throughout The Crucible

- What is there about the society of Salem that allows the girls’ stories to be believed. What are the moral implications of this in Arthur Miller’s the Crucible. The Crucible is a book written by Arthur Miller Americas most foremost playwright, born on October 17th 1915 in New York at 15 he experienced the Great Depression as his father went bankrupt. He released The Crucible in 1953 around the time when he was accused of being a communist spy. He named the book The Crucible because of the words many meanings....   [tags: Arthur Miller, Crucible]

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